Don’t “Drop Out”, Participate in Replacements To

It’s not about “dropping out” of the system or removing yourself in any way. While that’s the end goal we actually need to “drop into” something first. What we need to do is create the things that will replace the system by meet our needs, from the place where we live. Only then will we …

Thanksgiving Synchronicity

I had a small synchronicity leading up to and over the Thanksgiving holiday… First, I showed up to harvest microgreens Tuesday before Thanksgiving and ended up listening to J. H. Kunstler interview Chris Martenson.  Kunstler is a bit of a cranky but eloquent old man, Chris Martenson is behind the Crash Course and has sort of …

The Permaculture Flower I

So I’ve been working with the GLPDC to create lectures for our ongoing PDC. We’ve adopted using the permaculture flower, by David Holmgren, as a landmark for each topic but I’m thinking it works differently than we initially understood. Before we thought that a topic, say water, would manifest certain petals of the flower. Now I think …

Permaculture is Best when it is Creative Commons

A friend of mine got a DCMA takedown notice on his website. This is my respose: …If you need pictures in the future use the search tools in google image search. We could talk about the licensing or you could read up on creative commons if you need to. For optimum permaculture I’m recommending that …

Permaculture Design as Meditation

There are many different takes on what real “permaculture design” is. Maps and surveys, hours spent fussing over the contours and placement. Charettes, meetings, and design methods with silly acronyms like O’BREDIMET give us a form and a process to follow. What actually happens through that process? What do the circumstances tell us is most …

Leverage Points

Anyone who is seeking to make change in the world would do well to take a look at Donella Meadows’ list of leverage points, 12 places to intervene in a system. For us the real power lies in the ability to look beyond the direct effects of a decision to what would in essence be …

The Holon

What is integral theory in a nutshell? Integral theory is a framework for understanding life, the universe and everything, developed by Ken Wilber. We think that integral theory provides an additional toolset that is useful in permaculture and want to develop and explore how it can enhance permaculture design. You can see our other posts …

Welcome!

This site is currently in progress, I suppose it always be… It’s meant to reflect the things I do in both the virtual and real worlds. Currently some of the projects I’m associated with on one level or another: Chicagoland Permaculture Guild Great Lakes Permaculture Portal Midwest Permaculture The Permaculture Project LLC Permaculture Design Build LLC Center for …